Very high on the bucket list of my life travels is Israel. I long to see the places Jesus and his disciples walked. To see where miracles happened, where He taught, where He loved the least of these and where He rose. I know it would be life changing.
And now, after reading Lynn Austin’s journey, Pilgrimage: My Journey to a Deeper Faith in the Land Where Jesus Walked, through the holy lands and the spiritual experience she had from the trip, it only solidified my desire to go. This honest and real story of awakening from a spiritual valley while walking through the lands is an incredibly inspiring read by one of my favorites authors.
“I have arrived in the land where Jesus walked. My pilgrimage has begun.”
We all encounter times when our spirit feels dry, when doubt looms.
The opportunity to tour Israel came at a good time. For months, my life has been a mindless plodding through necessary routine, as monotonous as an all-night shift on an assembly line. Life gets that way sometimes, when nothing specific is wrong but the world around us seems drained of color. Even my weekly worship experiences and daily quiet times with God have felt as dry and stale as last year’s crackers. I’m ashamed to confess the malaise I’ve felt. I have been given so much. Shouldn’t a Christian’s life be an abundant one, as exciting as Christmas morning, as joyful as Easter Sunday?
With gripping honesty, Lynn Austin pens her struggles with spiritual dryness in a season of loss and unwanted change. Tracing her travels throughout Israel, Austin seamlessly weaves events and insights from the Word . . . and in doing so finds a renewed passion for prayer and encouragement for her spirit, now full of life and hope.
It’s incredible, although not surprising, that a journey through Israel can be so refreshing for faith and renewing to the spirit. I’m glad Austin decided to share her journey, so readers can catch a glimpse of it. I also liked the scriptures at the beginning and end of each chapter, as well as the closing prayers in each chapter. They helped to draw you closer to the lessons Austin shared in the chapter.
Life is a beautiful journey and this was a great example of one such journey.
Have you ever been in a spot like Austin on your spiritual journey? What was something that helped you renew your faith? Oh and if you have been to Israel, please share of your adventure below!
(Thank you Bethany House for providing a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion).